Grass seed type? - Knowledgebase Question

Gloucester, Vi
Question by hcorley58
July 27, 2007
Our home sits on 4 acres. The back 2 acres is basically a field, but the 2 acres the house sits on I would like to cultivate a little more. I would like to sow grass seed but do not know what type. I am looking for a hardy grass seed that will grow dense and can handle allot of summer abuse. We can water some, but it is not feasible to do daily watering. An irrigation system is out of the question due to cost unless we won the lottery which I doubt will happen. Can you help?


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Answer from NGA
July 27, 2007

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I'd go with native grasses rather than trying to establish turfgrass. Lawns need regular watering, feeding and mowing; native grasses are reasonably trouble-free.

Examples of Warm Season Native Grasses:
Big bluestem 6-7?
Switchgrass
Indiangrass
Eastern Gama
Little Bluestem
Sideoats grama
Virginia Broomsedge
Beardgrass
Bluegrama
Buffalograss 6-8?

Cool-Season grasses:
Canada wildrye 4-5?
Virginia wildrye
Western wheatgrass
Creeping red fescue
Danthonia
Junegrass 4-6?

I think you'll find some interesting landscaping ideas on the following website:
filebox.vt.edu/users/jodaniel/pdf/Va%20NP%20Richmond.pdf

Best wishes with your landscape.

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